Apply now for an ICAC scholarship to attend the ICAC/ANZSOG executive short course

The popular executive short course, Strategic Responses to Corruption, will be hosted in Sydney from 11 to 14 September 2018 by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).

Once again, the ICAC is offering scholarships to attend the course to eligible NSW public officials. Applications for the 15 scholarships on offer this year (valued at $4,995 each) must be lodged with the ICAC by 6 July 2018.

Further information on the course is available here: ANZSOG/NSW ICAC executive short course.

The course is also open to fee-paying applicants from any jurisdiction. Register directly here.

1. Who is eligible to apply for a scholarship?

Only public officials employed by NSW public authorities are eligible to apply. The scholarships are competitively awarded to executive or senior NSW public officials whose roles have operational responsibility for work areas that have significant and inherent corruption risk attached. Scholarship recipients must have the authority to direct organisational reform in these work areas. While those in governance or audit roles would benefit from the course, they are not the target group for the scholarship.


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2. The application and selection process

Eligible candidates must submit:

•    an up-to-date curriculum vitae (maximum four pages) that aligns with claims made elsewhere in the application

•    a completed application form with concise responses

•    the endorsement of the CEO, cluster secretary, general manager or an executive in an equivalent role.

Applications will be competitively assessed. ICAC assessors will use each applicant’s responses and their curriculum vitae to rank candidates. The ICAC may also consider information from other sources in assessing applications and granting scholarships.

Applications should address the topics below.

•    Applicant’s operational responsibility for a work area that has significant corruption-risk vulnerabilities

What are the corruption risks inherent in the operations you oversee? How well controlled are these risks now?

•    Applicant’s authority to direct implementation of workplace change

Does your role give you the power to lead or strongly influence reform in your organisation? What reforms have you led or are you leading in your current role and how do you know they have been successful?

•    Organisation’s appetite for innovation and reform

Will your organisation utilise your learning and enlist you as a change agent? Will you be authorised to use the insights obtained through your study to introduce improved systems and processes? 

Endorsement of application

All applications require the endorsement of the CEO or cluster secretary for state agencies, or the general manager for local government. An executive in an equivalent role may also be sufficient, with the ICAC’s confirmation. The endorsement needs to indicate not only support for attendance, but also support for putting relevant reform into practice.


3. Scholarship inclusions and exclusions

The scholarship covers only the non-residential fee of $4,995 (including GST). This covers tuition, refreshments and lunch each day of the four-day course. All other expenses (salary, travel, per diems and accommodation) remain the responsibility of the scholarship recipient’s employer. The endorsement also indicates the employer’s support for meeting these costs.


4. Special consideration and assistance

If you believe that your application should be given special consideration due to particular circumstances or if you are having difficulty completing the application form, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 02 8281 5721 or 02 8281 5749.


5. Application submission and deadline

Your application form should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Application for scholarship” in the subject line or mailed to ICAC Scholarship Program, NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, GPO Box 500, Sydney NSW 2001.


Applications must be received by the ICAC no later than 5 pm (AEST) on Friday, 6 July 2018.